Minutes 07-07-2014

CITY COUNCIL

JULY 7, 2014

7:00 P.M.

 

The Council of the City of Augusta, Kansas met in regular session on July 7, 2014, with Mayor Kristey Williams presiding. Council present were Matt Childers, Jason Lowery, Paul Belt, Jamie Crum, Mike Rawlings, Sue Jones, Ron Reavis, and Matt Malone. Also present: City Attorney Austin Parker, City Manager Josh Shaw, and City Clerk Erica Jones. Visitors present were: Belinda Larsen, Pete Dueringer, Peter Cook, Don Gamble, and Brenda Gamble.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Prayer: Pete Dueringer, Christ Lutheran Church, gave the invocation.

 

Minutes: S. Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 16, 2014 Council meeting. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Ordinance 6A: Lowery made a motion to approve Ordinance 6A in the amount of $1,269,564.47. S. Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Ordinance 7: Lowery made a motion to approve Ordinance 7 in the amount of $475,231.36. Reavis seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Visitors:

Sarah Hoefgen, Executive Director of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, presented a request to use the City Council Chambers and A/V equipment to conduct a Candidates forum for the Kansas House of Representatives 77th District seat at 7:00 p.m. on July 29th, 2014. Reavis made a motion to approve the use the City Council Chambers and A/V equipment to conduct a Candidates forum for the Kansas House of Representatives 77th District seat at 7:00 p.m. on July 29th, 2014. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Business:

Augusta Housing Authority Board Appointment: Rawlings made a motion to approve the appointment of Chuck Bowman to the Augusta Housing Authority Board for a four-year term ending April 2018. Belt seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Strategic Plan: Childers made a motion to adopt the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Matters From/For Council:

Budget Work Sessions: Malone made a motion to schedule budget work sessions at 6:30 p.m. on July 14th and July 28th. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Compost/Limb Yard Hours: Shaw provided an update on the revised compost/limb yard hours to be implemented starting July 7, 2014. He stated the two areas would be combined and would be open Wednesday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Monday and Tuesday. S. Jones made a motion to approve the proposed hours for the compost/limb yard. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Informational Memorandum and Final Comments:

Reavis: Reavis thanked everyone who was out at the lake after the fireworks display and picked up the trash from the fireworks they discharged and said shame on those that didn’t pick up after themselves. He thanked the Harvey’s and other lake walkers that went around and picked up the trash. Reavis stated there is an Eagle Scout named Adam Spillman whose project is landscaping and beautification at the Library. Reavis thanked him and his fellow scouts for their hard work at the Library the last few Saturdays.

 

S. Jones: Jones stated she has received several complaints about yards that need mowed, cars in yards, trash that needs picked up, and that there is a mattress behind her building that has been there for some time. She asked that since blight is an issue the council wants addressed, that City Inspector Dan Allen make a presentation at the next council meeting regarding what has been done to address the blight. Shaw stated the next meeting is going to have a large agenda, but that he would have him present at the first meeting in August.

 

Williams: Williams stated that the Garvin Park entrance looks great thanks to Brian Alfaro and his Parks Department crew. Williams stated the City needs to talk about implementing an adjustment in the trash schedule for the holidays. She said that maybe we could allow tied bags next to their cans for certain holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Shaw stated that staff has discussed creating a more formal policy regarding trash pickups around holidays.

 

Crum: Crum seconded S. Jones’ inquiry about blight, specifically regarding cars parked in yards.

 

Childers: Childers thanked Downtown Augusta, Inc. for all their hard work with regard to the Brick Street festival.

 

Executive Session: At 7:24 p.m. Childers made a motion to go into executive session for 30 minutes under the attorney-client privilege exemption under the Kansas Open Meetings Act to seek advice on contract terms. Childers asked that City Manager Josh Shaw and City Attorney Austin Parker join the Council in the executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 7:54 p.m. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

            At 7:57 p.m. Malone made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Rawlings seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

At 7:57 p.m. S. Jones made a motion to go into executive session for 20 minutes under the attorney-client privilege exemption under the Kansas Open Meetings Act to seek advice on contract terms. Childers asked that City Manager Josh Shaw and City Attorney Austin Parker join the Council in the executive session. The governing body will reconvene in the Council Chambers at 8:17 p.m. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

At 8:17 p.m. S. Jones made a motion to exit executive session with no action being taken. Lowery seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Visitors:

Don Gamble, representing K-9 Search and Rescue of Kansas, presented a request to hold a 5K/1 Mile benefit run in Augusta on September 20, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. Shaw stated this would be a loop the lake event and would be easy for staff to work out the logistics with them. Rawlings made a motion to approve a 5K/1 Mile benefit run for K-9 Search and Rescue of Kansas around the Augusta Lake on September 20, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. Malone seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

 

Adjourn: At 8:22 PM Malone made a motion to adjourn. Childers seconded the motion. Motion carried without opposition.

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